University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: September 2004
Series: cuRRents
Keywords: Literature;Poetry
Subject(s): POETRY / General, Literature;Poetry, Literature, Poetry
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

E.D. Blodgett. E.D. Blodgett has published numerous books of poetry as well as diverse criticism and literary translations. He is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta. He has won the Governor General's Award twice, for poetry and translation. From 2007 to 2009 he was Edmonton's Poet Laureate. Blodgett lives in South Surrey, British Columbia.

"Where much of contemporary formally innovative poetry unstructures conventional syntax, these poems seek an ancient, traditional, and highly rhetorical syntax in lengthy compound-complex sentences full of twists and turns of focus and desire..Where much of contemporary formally innovative poetry unstructures conventional syntax, these poems seek an ancient, traditional, and highly rhetorical syntax in lengthy compound-complex sentences full of twists and turns of focus and desire." Douglas Barbour, Canadian Book Review Annual, 2005.


"I reviewed E.D. Blodgett's An Arc of Koans last year, and have decided that it must speak well of Blodgett's versatility that the poems included in open the grass (both are part of his apostrophes series), are so different in manner. Picture broad, page-wide paragraphs (in a square-format book) threaded with long, sinewy, wistful sentences. The former volume was made up of diminutive riddle poems, evoking impressions more in what they do not say than in what they make explicit. These poems work just as interestingly from the other direction, from the side of prolix extension and operatic accumulation. The thematic furniture is outsize - stars, sky, trees, moon, sea, silence, and of course fields and fields of grass - but they are handled so lightly and dreamily that the poems seem like so many snowglobes with their two or three primary elements falling in a soft flurry of words." Jeffery Donaldson, University of Toronto Quarterly, Vol 75, No.1, Winter 2006

ISBNs: 9780888644206 978-0-88864-420-6 Title: apostrophes vi